Not only is Aerosmith back in the saddle again, the Bad Boys from Boston are arguably bigger, better and badder (in a good way) than they have been in decades.
And not only is Steven Tyler back where he belongs (that is, fronting Aerosmith, not judging a flashy karaoke contest), he has finally come back to his senses.
If there was any lingering doubt that Tyler's heart is still in Aerosmith and, hands down, all that was quashed during the band's high-energy, high-decibel, hour-and-50-minute, 18-song set (which included a two-song encore) Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
Making amends for his two-year stint as an “American Idol” judge (What's next? Mick Jagger becoming a “mentor” on “The Voice”?), the 64-year-old Tyler performed like he had something to prove.By the end of Aerosmith's first Boston stop of its “Global Warming Tour” (the band also plays Thursday), “The Demon of Screamin'” was strutting down the catwalk like he was doing victory laps.
Tyler was working on all cylinders and took center stage with aplomb. He flaunted his stuff in the audience's faces with the same cocksure precision that made us fall in love with him in the first place and flirted with the ladies in the crowd, whether he was the same age, double their age, triple their age and even, gulp, quadruple their age. Not only was he in fine voice, Tyler hasn't been this delicious sleazy in years.
During this homecoming, of sorts, Aerosmith performed nine songs from the '70s (including one each from 1973's self-titled debut, 1974's “Get Your Wings” and 1977's “Draw the Line,” as well as three each from 1975's “Toys in the Attic” and 1976's “Rocks”); three songs from the '80s (including one from 1987's “Permanent Vacation” and two from 1989's “Pump”); three from the '90s (all from “Get a Grip”) and three from the new millennium (including one from 2001's “Just Push Play” and two from the yet-to-be-released “Music from Another Dimension”).
Aerosmith's “Toxic Twins” (Tyler and fevered guitar slinger Joe Perry ) seemed to magically materialize at the end of the catwalk (via a trap door) for the set opener, “Draw the Law”, and it appears that all is forgiven between two veteran rock 'n' rollers. With no deliberate hip-checks, disgusted looks, dagger eyes or verbal digs to think of, things seem to be fine and dandy between the two. Go figure.
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